Harrogate League: Wetherby Athletic and Bedale Town share spoils

Wetherby Athletic attack a corner against Bedale Town. (Photo: Visualised Photography)

Wetherby Athletic attack a corner against Bedale Town. (Photo: Visualised Photography)

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The points were shared in the grudge match at the top of the Harrogate and District League between Bedale Town and Wetherby Athletic A on Saturday.

Bedale’s Jonathon Raynor cancelled out Andy Brewitt’s earlier effort to earn a 1-1 draw for third-placed Bedale, who dropped their first points of the season.

Wetherby gained the upper hand in the 27th minute when Brewitt linked onto Sam Schofield’s pass and lifted the ball over the keeper from just outside the area.

Bedale’s equaliser arrived just after the hour mark when Andy Maxted’s pass was intercepted and Raynor left Wetherby stopper Liam Corbett with no chance.

The drama meant second-placed Wetherby lost ground on leaders Rawdon Old Boys, who moved five points clear at the top following a 2-0 victory over Beckwithshaw Saints.

Tom McMillan and Chris Softley were on target for Rawdon, who made it six wins from their opening seven matches.

Elsewhere, Andrew Hullah, Thomas Meader and Josh Underwood helped themselves to two goals each as Hampsthwaite United ran riot in a resounding 7-1 victory at Kirkby Malzeard.

Kirkby slipped to the foot of the league table after Leyburn United climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 win over Knaresborough Celtic, giving them their first points of the season.

In the league’s other games, Harlow Hill moved up to sixth with a 6-1 demolition of Kirkstall Crusaders FC and a Gerard McCargo double helped Clifford to a 5-3 win over Kirk Deighton Rangers.

Burley Trojans edged out second-placed Pannal Sports with a thrilling 6-5 victory in the game of the day in Division One.

Tommy Highman scored a hat-trick for Burley to send Pannal to a second consecutive defeat.

League leaders Horsforth took full advantage of Pannal’s slip-up by moving six points clear with 3-0 win at Darlton Athletic

Bramham moved level on points with Pannal and still have a game in hand, as Matthew Lombard’s brace helped them to a 4-1 win over Beckwithshaw Saints Reserves.

Elsewhere, Boroughbridge A moved up to sixth and level on points with opponents Pateley Bridge following a narrow 4-3 victory.

David Pearson, Toby Hardaker, Mark Burniston and Tom Hepworth were all on target for Boroughbridge, while Stephen Ellison, Ben Gill and Kevin Slinger found the net for Pateley.